While millions of Americans are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ this weekend, most will not know that Christian persecution in Egypt is on the rise. According to a report by the non-profit advocacy group, International Christian Concern, young Christian women are at greater risk of being kidnapped, tortured and forced to convert to Islam this year as opposed to the last.
Since the so-called Arab Spring ended in 2011, these incidents have grown in frequency. The ICC and other groups in the region estimate that there have been roughly 500 reported cases of young women, alone, being attacked by Muslim men since then. However, unreported cases are frequent and clearly are not reflected in the report.
The young Christian girls are subjected to assault, rape, kidnapping and forced conversion. Sometimes, they are flat-out killed, according to the ICC.
So, what are officials doing to curb the violence and persecution ...